Football regulatory


In line with the FIFA Vision 2020-23, the Football Regulatory subdivision in its daily operations works towards the implementation of several strategic FIFA goals. First and foremost, the subdivision is responsible for modernising the football regulatory framework. This includes, among other strategic matters, reforming the football transfer system and introducing mechanisms to protect football stakeholders. In its daily operations, the subdivision is split into five departments, each with varying responsibilities. The Player Status department is primarily responsible for managing the procedures relating to disputes between football stakeholders and regulatory applications (e.g. the international transfer of a minor, or change of sporting nationality) decided by the Football Tribunal. The Professional Football department manages FIFA’s relationships with external professional football stakeholders. This involves, among other duties, acting as secretariat to the Football Stakeholders Committee and its associated sub-committees, and establishing regulatory policy. The department also manages the FIFA Fund for Football Players, and implements various strategic projects relating to club football. The Regulatory Enforcement department investigates and manages compliance with sporting regulations relating to the football transfer system. It also provides sports legal and governance support to internal and external stakeholders. The Clearing House department and Agents department are each responsible for implementing a major strategic project within the football transfer system: the introduction of the FIFA Clearing House, and the re-regulation of the football agent industry.


FIFA TMS Department is in charge of running and administrating the Transfer Matching System (TMS): an online system that makes international transfers of players between clubs quicker, smoother and more transparent
DOHA, QATAR - FEBRUARY 08: Robert Lewandowski of FC Bayern Muenchen scores their team's first goal during the Semi-Final match between Al Ahly SC and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on February 08, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Professional Football
In line with FIFA’s overall vision, we work on projects whose goal is to make football truly global by creating an ecosystem where a larger number of clubs and players are given the opportunity to compete at the very highest level.
FIFA Fund for Football Players (FFP)
The FFP is a joint project between FIFA and FIFPRO, the World Players’ Union, established to provide financial support to players who have not been paid and have no chance of duly receiving the wages due to the extinction of their respective clubs.